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An Awkward Age by Anna Starobinets

An Awkward Age by Anna Starobinets
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Author:  Anna Starobinets

ISBN:  9781843917144

Weight:  990g

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An Awkward Age – Anna Starobinets

‘…passing by the unmade bed, she suddenly remembered her daughter’s words: There’s something that crawls over his bed as well.  Insects…  She went closer, gave the grey, beslobbered blanket a cautious shake…’

Drawing the reader into an eerie world, disturbed world, Starobinets blurs the boundaries between real and imagined in this startling and unsettling collection of stories set in modern Russia.

The title story of this collection, ‘An Awkward Age’, spins the tale of seven-year-old Maxim, who lives with this mother and identical twin sister in Moscow.  Though distressed by his parents’ divorce, nothing could prepare his family for his horrifying transformation as he enters adolescence.  Only when his diary is discovered does the sinister and terrifying truth behind his metamorphosis from boy to monster come to light.

Starobinets’ unsettling imagination and simplicity of prose come to the fore in this gripping book where damaged characters, broken relationships and unruly society collide.  An Awkward Age is haunting and evocative and will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page…

Anna Starobinets has been compared with a host of literary greats, including Edgar Allan Poe and George Orwell… Indeed, Starobinets’ horror manifests itself in a variety of forms, way beyond the devices used by Poe, Ray Bradbury or HG Wells.

The Telegraph (online supplement)

Bibliographic Data
Title:An Awkward Age
Author:
Translator:Hugh Alpin
Book Features
Edition features:An anthology of six short horror stories in a small, nicely produced format
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Mid-blue cloth-effect boards, deep cream endpapers and bright blue decorative head and tail bands.
Overall condition:Fine / Fine – some pushing / very light bumping to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Hesperus Press
Awards and prizes:Nominated for Russia’s prestigious National Bestseller Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:Jordan National Press, Jordan
ISBN 13:9781843917144
ISBN 10:1843917149
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:153
H x W x D:202 x 134 x 19mm
First published as
Title: [Perekhodnyj vozrast - Awkward age]
Publisher:Limbus Press
Date:2005
Country:Russia
Language:Russian
Design Credits
Jacket design:Fraser Muggeridge Studio
Jacket images:Henrik Sorensen / Photonica / Getty Images

Collectors Notes

  • An Awkward Age is the debut novel of Russian author Anna Starobinets.  As well as critical acclaim, the book gained a nomination for Russia’s prestigious National Bestseller Prize.  This is a remarkable feat as the horror and short story forms are rare in Russian literature.

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